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Rocking the boat

To influence the time we live in, to deal with adversities we encounter and being that voice of change requires a real fighter. What some people seem to forget from time to time is that even with the purest of intentions you can be perceived as intimidating, excessively aggressive and may even cause the public to react negatively against whatever you are fighting for. It’s as Nietzsche wrote, Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster. Sure, some questions are more important than others, but sometimes these questions are so important to you that you don’t realize you only rock the boat on that high horse. Just because you believe in your agenda doesn’t mean you have to shove your opinions down someone else’s throat. Change is inevitable, even if it doesn’t entail what you had envisioned, but everything good takes time — just ask the baker.

Be mindful that you don’t fall from your high horse with all that baggage.

Many of us have become spoiled and gotten used to get what we want, when we want it. There will always be naysayers, but if what you want to change is sound and easy to implement people will most likely follow willingly. Don’t yell at your neighbor only because you believe in different things, talk it over and accept that we might disagree. Every person has the right to believe in what they want, just don’t get aggressive about it. Peace, love and understanding would change the world in a heartbeat.